2016 Agents

Oregon Christian Writers is happy to introduce the wonderful agents joining us for the 2016 summer conference.

2016 Agents
2016 Agents

Pay particular attention to types/genres agents are interested in representing and note: See the Manuscript Submission page (please link to http://oregonchristianwriters.org/2016-manuscript-submission-program/) for general submission guidelines and information on how to submit mini-proposals, which must be postmarked by July 14. 

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Sally Apokedak — www.stobbeliterary.com/about/sally-apokedak/ 

  • Coaching Class: Making Youth Manuscripts Marketable
  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center
Sally Apokedak
Sally Apokedak

Sally Apokedak is an associate agent with the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency. She has been studying, reviewing, and marketing children’s books, as well as giving writing instruction for 15 years. As the manager of the Kidz Book Buzz blog tour she was privileged to work with best-selling and award-winning authors such as Jeanne DuPrau, Ingrid Law, and Shannon Hale. Find out more at www.sally-apokedak.com.

Sally is looking for:

Picture books, middle grade novels, and young adult novels. She is most interested in books written from a Christian worldview and aimed at the general market, but will also look at MG and YA aimed at the Christian market. 

Sally will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Karen Ball — www.stevelaube.com

  • Coaching Class: Writing from the Deep
  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center
Karen Ball
Karen Ball

A publishing professional for over 30 years, Karen Ball has overseen fiction for Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and B&H Publishing Group. Karen is currently owner of Karen Ball Publishing Services, a literary agent with the prestigious Steve Laube Agency, an award-winning author, and the co-creator of Write from the Deep (www.writefromthedeep.com) and Live from the Deep with Erin Taylor Young, and a popular speaker and podcaster. She has worked with such notable authors as Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Brandilyn Collins, Ginny Yttrup, Robin Jones Gunn, Terri Blackstock, and many others. Karen lives in Oregon with her husband, father, and a their four-legged, furry “kids.”

Karen is looking for:

  • Nonfiction, all categories but academic, devotionals, Bible study, poetry; Fiction, all adult categories except SciFi/Fantasy.
  • No young adult or children’s books.

Karen will participate in the Manuscript Submission Program.

Teresa Evenson — www.wkjagency.com 

  • Workshop: How to Get Your Foot in the Publishing Door:  6 Essential Keys
  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center
Teresa Evenson
Teresa Evenson

Teresa Evenson, an agent with the William K Jensen Literary Agency, is also a publicity consultant and founder of TEAM Services, an organization that Trains authors to develop the best media hook for their book; Equips them to present their message concisely; Assists authors to look as well as they speak; and connects them to the appropriate Media. As the Senior Publicist and Manager of Media Relations for more than 14 years at Harvest House Publishers, she was recognized as one of the most experienced and talented publicists. She has booked authors on thousands of national programs including Oprah, Regis & Kelley, Fox & Friends, O’Reilly Factor, The 700 Club, Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, BET, ABC, TBN, and The David Letterman Show. She has worked with more than 500 authors, including major campaigns for numerous well-known ones.

Teresa is looking for:

Nonfiction proposals that address heartfelt need for the masses. She is looking for great writing, a great idea, and authors who have an established platform or at least a plan in place for building one. The book should be an extension of what an author is already doing, what he or she is an expert in and passionate about. Teresa enjoys proposals that are part memoir and part teaching, that reveal a spiritual truth and impart help/healing in a big takeaway for reader. 

Teresa will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Julie Gwinn — www.TheSeymourAgency.com

  • Workshop: Branding: Find Out What Makes YOU Different as an Author
  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center
Julie Gwinn
Julie Gwinn

Julie Gwinn, currently a literary agent with The Seymour Agency, has more than a decade in Christian publishing including serving as marketing manager then Fiction Publisher for B&H Publishing Group and marketing manager for Abingdon Press. Prior to joining the publishing industry, Julie worked more than 20 in advertising, marketing, and public relations. She uses her previous experience to aid her authors at every phase of their publishing plan. 

Julie is looking for:

Romance, Romantic Suspense (both contemporary and historical), and Mystery.

Julie will review through the Manuscript Submission Program before the conference.

Nick Harrison — http://www.wordserveliterary.com

  • Workshop: What to Do When You Don’t Have a Platform
  • Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center
Nick Harrison
Nick Harrison

Nick Harrison is an agent with WordServe Literary, representing both fiction and nonfiction authors. For 15 years Nick served as a senior editor for Harvest House Publishers where he worked with several high-profile authors including Dr. Tony Evans, Allison Bottke, Jerry Eicher, and Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys. Nick has written more than 10 books, including Magnificent Prayer and Power in the Promises. He and his wife live in Oregon and are the parents of three adult daughters. Check out Nick’s website and blog at nickharrisonbooks.com. 

Nick is looking for:

  • Self-improvement books for the Christian market and Christian fiction.
  • No personal stories, poetry, or children’s books.

Nick will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Chip MacGregor — www.macgregorliterary.com

  • Workshop: Finding and Working with an Agent
  • Host Agent Panel (Tuesday)
  • Writing Center
Chip MacGregor
Chip MacGregor

Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor Literary, Inc., a full-service agency that works in both the Christian and general market. In his three decades in the industry, Chip has made his living as a freelance writer and editor. He has authored numerous books, including two best-selling nonfiction titles, and formerly served as a publisher with Time-Warner Book Group. During his 18 years as an agent, he has represented hundreds of titles. His authors have won every major CBA writing award, and their books have been on all the best-seller lists, with one title hitting #1 on the New York Times list. He began his own literary agency in 2007 and has been one of the busiest literary agents in the United States. Chip did doctoral work at the University of Oregon and post-doc work at Oxford University. A well-known speaker at writing conferences and via online writing sites, he lives on the Oregon coast. 

Chip is looking for:

Well-written commercial novels for the Christian or general market. He is open to seeing women’s fiction, romance, thrillers, romantic suspense, historical, literary, and Amish fiction. The most important aspect in evaluating a proposal is the writing quality. For MacGregor Literary to seriously consider your work, you need to have a completed manuscript. 

Chip will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

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